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Minnesota Shutdown Hits Poor; Aid Groups Scramble (Here comes the sob stories and "blame the GOP")
npr ^ | 7/1/2011 | staff

Posted on 07/01/2011 3:29:52 PM PDT by tobyhill

In Minnesota Friday, highway construction came to a halt, rest stops and state parks closed. And 22,000 state workers have been laid off. The reason: a protracted budget dispute between the state's Democratic governor and Republicans who control the Legislature.

In the absence of talks between Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and GOP legislative leaders, the shutdown was rippling into the lives of people like Sonya Mills, a 39-year-old mother of eight facing the loss of about $3,600 a month in state child care subsidies.

Until the government closure, Mills had been focused on recovering from a May 22 tornado that displaced her from a rented home in Minneapolis. Now she's adding a new problem to her list.

"It just starts to have a snowball effect. It's like you are still in the wind of the tornado," said Mills, who works at a temp agency and was allowed to take time off as she gets back on her feet. But after the shutdown, she also has to care for her six youngest children, ages 3 through 14, because she lost state funding for their day-care and other programs.

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TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: budget; mn; shutdown; taxes
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1 posted on 07/01/2011 3:29:54 PM PDT by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill

Minnesota’s poor will just have to move to Illinois. How tragic.


2 posted on 07/01/2011 3:31:18 PM PDT by MeganC (NO WAR FOR OIL! ........except when a Democrat's in charge.)
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To: tobyhill

this story makes me feel like sobbing...3600 a month, wow


3 posted on 07/01/2011 3:33:08 PM PDT by abovethefray
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To: tobyhill
Sonya Mills, a 39-year-old mother of eight facing the loss of about $3,600 a month in state child care subsidies.

Words fail me...

4 posted on 07/01/2011 3:33:15 PM PDT by bcsco
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To: tobyhill

...how come Dumbo ain’t there saying those RICH public officials are taking your money?


5 posted on 07/01/2011 3:33:30 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: MeganC

One of the risks in accepting public aid is that it can be cut off without warning.


6 posted on 07/01/2011 3:34:00 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: tobyhill

Poor woman, if she’d just aborted more of her offspring
she’d be doing ok.


7 posted on 07/01/2011 3:34:30 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: MeganC
“Sonya Mills, a 39-year-old mother of eight facing the loss of about $3,600 a month in state child care subsidies.”

This example of the poor is also the example of why they are broke.

8 posted on 07/01/2011 3:34:30 PM PDT by tobyhill (Real Spending Cuts Don't Require Increasing The Debt)
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